Patients undergoing cancer treatments may have an increased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. Fortunately, heart complications associated with cancer treatments are very rare.
Practicing good nutrition is one way to help reduce the risk of heart damage and other side effects during chemotherapy and radiation. Remember to:
- Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol.
- Choose low-fat protein sources such as lean meat, poultry, fish, low-fat dairy products, egg whites, and legumes.
- Eat more vegetables and fruits.
- Select whole grains.
- Reduce salt in your food.
- Limit alcohol.
- Reduce stress.
- Be physically active every day – getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity five or more days per week can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
In addition to improving heart health, good nutrition can also boost the immune system, aid in the healing process, and enhance quality of life. Heart healthy is cancer healthy, so make wise choices!